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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

 -  Music  -  14 December 1956 (USA)
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A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Dale ...
Arnie Haines
Patricia Hardy ...
Francine MacLaine
Alan Freed ...
Fay Baker ...
Arlene MacLaine
Jana Lund ...
Sunny Everett
Pierre Watkin ...
Mayor George Bagley
Bill Haley ...
Franny Beecher ...
Himself (lead guitarist, The Comets) (as The Comets)
Rudy Pompilli ...
Himself (saxophonist, The Comets) (as The Comets)
Al Rex ...
Himself (bass player, The Comets) (as The Comets)
Billy Williamson ...
Himself (steel guitarist, The Comets) (as The Comets)
Johnny Grande ...
Himself (pianist, The Comets) (as The Comets)
Ralph Jones ...
Himself (drummer, The Comets) (as The Comets)
Dave Appell ...
Applejacks ...


Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think. Written by <>

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Made By The Producers of "Rock Around The Clock"! See more »




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14 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Hi Fi  »

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1.85 : 1
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This movie was a follow-up to Rock Around the Clock (1956) and shares many of the same sets and cast. See more »


The dialog indicates that Arnie Haines' home town is somewhere in New England when he discusses going home for vacation, but the train that he gets off has the logo of the Sunset Limited on three cars. The Sunset Limited was a luxury train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran along the California Coast. See more »


[after spilling liqour all over a dance]
Dancer: What are you doin' bringin' liqour in here?
Dancer: I didn't...
Dancer: I oughta slug you...
[he lifts up his fist; the other dancer pulls it down]
Dancer: You and what blee club?
Dancer: Really, the soprano's enough
[punches the other dancer; fight begins]
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Featured in Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio (2008) See more »


Goofin' Around
Written by Franny Beecher, Al Rex, and Johnny Grande
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets
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Don't Knock the Rock (1956) ***
29 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

New York singer Arnie Haines (Alan Dale) is tired of his career as a famous recording star so he takes a break by visiting his old tiny home town. When he arrives he discovers that he's now despised by all the crotchety adults who feel that rock music is ruining their kids' lives. Haines decides to stage a big rock and roll show in the next town to prove to the parents that rock can be a good influence for their children.

Arnie Haines himself is more of a crooner and not a joy to listen to, but we do get to hear several numbers by Bill Haley and His Comets, as well as the great Little Richard, who belts out his awesome killer renditions of "Long Tall Sally" and "Tutti Frutti". The movie is a good relic for rock 'n roll history, and also manages to take a shot at modern-day (1950s) parents to make them realize how their old music of the 20s and 30s was just as "wild" as their kids'. While the movie makes a valid point there in showing those generational similarities, the truth is that 1950s rock music was always pretty innocent enough, but the same case for a meeting of the generations couldn't be made for 2007 parents weaned on '50s music as compared to today's Gangsta cRap.

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